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his is an important time on our planet for environmental activists and stewards of the earth. It’s time to get involved, roll up our sleeves and support our favorite environmental organizations. There are many groups that would benefit from your participation or your donations. Some of the issues close to our hearts here at Natural Awakenings are safeDana Boulanger Marilee Burrell guarding our drinking water, protecting our wild spaces and natural resources, and supporting our local organic farmers. All things happen in cycles, and the cycle we are in now may be an active one for us tree-hugger types. Please forward your local environmental news and event info to so we can help spread the word. We have an exciting development to tell you about. Natural Awakenings has partnered with MindPT, a new technology that blends positive psychology with neuroscience. MindPT’s fun and engaging platform helps users build and reinforce positive mental messaging, which then helps them transform their thoughts, beliefs and lives. To celebrate this new partnership, we are giving our readers a MindPT video download entitled “NATURAL AWAKENINGS,” which reinforces our motto, “Feel Good, Live Simply, Laugh More.” Watching these short videos a couple of times a day will help you develop a more positive mindset and ultimately improve your life. See our ad on page 71 for more info on how to download the video to your phone or computer and start feeling good right now. Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for our single readers, Natural Awakenings’ online dating service, Natural Awakenings Singles (NAS), has a 20 percent off promotion in February. NAS members have access to the Conscious Dating Network, the largest dating site in the world exclusively for people who are interested in natural health, environmentally aware and spiritually evolved. There are tens of thousands of conscious singles from all over the world on the site, and it’s free to just look around too. Visit or see our ad on page 37 to learn more. This month I had fun learning about three independent, holistically oriented pharmacies in our area. Like the big chain pharmacies, the pharmacists there dispense the usual prescriptions, but they are also happy to offer you an herbal or homeopathic option or even sell you a kale smoothie. These wonderful alternatives to standard pharmacies depend on our business, so please read about them on page 28 and consider transferring your prescriptions ... if you still have any! We hope you enjoy reading this month’s edition of Natural Awakenings. In between issues, you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We look forward to hearing from you! Feel good, live simply, laugh more!

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newsbriefs Beauty & Beast Co. Opens in the Hamlet in Bedford Hills

Swedish Massage Therapist Expands Private Practice

eauty & Beast Co., the latest small business to enter the thriving shopping and dining area of Bedford Hills known as “the Hamlet,” will celebrate a wine and Inside Beauty & Beast Co. cheese grand opening February 4, from 3 to 10 p.m. The new store offers a unique and diverse array of products, from personal care items for men and women to wooden accessories and home décor. Beauty & Beast is a sister company to Custom Candle Co., owned by Marci Manfredonia. Among the products it carries are all-natural lotions, oil diffusers, shaving and facial cleansing accessories, bath and body products and other personal care items on one side of the store, and handcrafted and personalized wooden accessories and home décor, such as cutting boards, wine racks and furniture, on the other. “We also customize gift baskets and, to top it off, have a full line of Crafted by Nick luxurious, high-end wood pieces and reclaimed lumber,” Manfredonia says. “Walk in once and you’ll be hooked. From the décor to the staff, it is an amazing and relaxing experience. And with Custom Candle Co. right next door, we have become the talk of the town, bringing new life to the Hamlet.” The first 50 customers to attend the grand opening will receive a free gift plus 10 percent off their purchase.

usan Adler, a specialist in Swedish therapeutic massage who has worked in a variety of clinical and spa settings in the New York City area since 2013, has recently expanded her private practice. “I enjoy making clients feel cared for and nurtured,” she says. “In private practice I have the luxury to do that. I can spend the time each client needs on a careful intake and individualized session.” Adler has massage studios in MaSusan Adler maroneck and Riverdale and visits clients on-site in Westchester, the Bronx and Manhattan. Her Swedish massage sessions are designed either to address clients’ specific issues or simply to help them relax and refresh. She works with a wide range of adult clients, from the generally healthy, to those recovering from illness or injury, to the very ill, such as people with Parkinson’s disease or cancer or those receiving hospice or palliative care. “I find it very gratifying to work with clients facing challenges to their health,” she explains. “It’s great to see the immediate positive effects of massage.” She says her experience as a volunteer massage therapist working with end-of-life patients at a hospice residence inspired her to enroll in a year-long oncology massage certification program, which she completed in February 2016.



For appointments, contact her at 914.320.4063 or Natural Awakenings readers who are first-time clients will receive a 90-minute massage for $100 (the regular price of a 60-minute massage) in Adler’s Mamaroneck or Riverdale studio. See ad, page 38.

Beauty & Beast Co. is located at 27 Depot Plaza in Bedford Hills, directly across from Bedford Hills Train Station and next door to Custom Candle Co. See ad, page 37.


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Dance Is Healing at White Lotus Grace


or Gigi Oppenheimer, dance is more than a form of exercise, recreation or self-expression: it’s a path to healing. And she says her Millbrook practice, White Lotus Grace, is more than a dance studio: it’s a sacred space. An intuitive healer, dancer and coach, Oppenheimer offers a creative assortment of movement-based intuitive healing services designed Gigi Oppenheimer to address matters of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, transformation, development, self-care and relationships. White Lotus Grace—which also has an online “studio-sanctuary”—features three primary methods of healing through dance, Oppenheimer says. “One guides you through healing movement; another invites you to receive energy healing, which I set in graceful motion; and the third engages intuitively responsive interactive repatterning through organic transformative movement.” She specializes in one-on-one service but also works with couples, parents and children, and others to “change the dance of love through transformative-movement relationship healing.” Classes at White Lotus Grace infuse self-expressive movement and dance with energy healing and meditation, she says. For example, her Body, Mind & Soul Dance class blends these inner aspects with toning elements of ballet, floor barre, world dance and other techniques. “These offerings operate by conduit of spiritual healing energy and divine grace,” she says. “They move you out of the head and into the body, where the infinite wisdom of the soul is stored.” White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance offers a free consultation and a 20 percent discount off a first private session. For more information, visit

Ayurveda and Yoga Study Group Begins This Month


eginning in February, Deirdre Breen, an ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda) master yoga teacher and Dukecertified integrative health coach, is offering a six-session Ayurveda and Yoga Study Group that will be held Sundays at Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco and Thursdays at Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River. The curriculum is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of how to use the principles and practices of Ayurveda Deirdre Breen and yoga to maximize health. “We each only have so much time to take care of ourselves,” Breen says. “This course ensures that participants’ time for self-care is as effective and efficient as possible. Ayurveda and yoga, known as the inseparable twins, inform and reflect an individual’s state of health. This course teaches everyone, regardless of their experience, how this ancient wisdom, applied daily, can prevent illness, optimize performance and with time heal chronic conditions.” All participants will receive a consultation with Dr. Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and naturopathic physician, who will customize their learning according to their personal health and wellness goals. The study group at Quest Yoga Arts will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on February 12, March 5, April 2 and 23, and May 7 and 21. The study group at Dr. Kaushik’s Clinic will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, and April 6 and 20. Introductory tuition special is $150. For more information and to register, contact Deirdre Breen at 914.486.6480, or visit, or

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New Classes and Services at Natural Care of Westchester


atural Care of Westchester is starting the year off with several new services as well as new monthly classes designed to help people better their���������������������������������� ��������������������������������� health through nutrition. “Knowledge is the key to great health, and great health motivates you to learn to more,” says Dr. Marizelle Arce, owner and resident naturopathic doctor. The classes—including Make Your Own Sauerkraut, Make Your Own Kombucha and How Raw Milk Louie Belchou, David McLean Can Heal You—will be offered one and Dr. Marizelle Arce Saturday a month. “Each class can help anyone prepare to nourish and heal themselves and their families,” Arce says.  Other classes will focus on how castor oil and Himalayan salt treatments can be added to a detox regimen or can be used to help jumpstart healing the body, inside and out. “Castor oil helps move the lymph and blood, and Himalayan and Dead Sea salts help cleanse the skin and balance the minerals of the body,” she explains.   Three new services being offered incorporate those ingredients: castor oil wraps combined with infrared sauna, Himalayan salt rubs combined with infrared sauna, and Himalayan and Dead Sea salt foot soaks. Natural Care of Westchester is located at 20 North Ave., Larchmont, NY. Visit and click on Upcoming Events to find out more about classes; click on Services to find out more about castor oil and salts. For appointments, call 914.315.9596.

Six-Week Mindfulness and Meditation Boot Camp for Women


odi Baretz, a licensed clinical social worker and certified holistic health counselor, is running a mindfulness and meditation “boot camp” for busy women who want to reduce stress, eat healthy and live with more joy, peace and fulfillment. It will run for six consecutive Mondays, February 27 through April 3, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco. “Participants will learn how to meditate, in addition to discussing mindfulness concepts that change their perspective and their life,” she says. “In a small, supportive, fun group, they will learn the best of mindfulness in a short amount of time.” Jodi Baretz In addition to leading workshops, Baretz often speaks on the subject of mindfulness and contributes to Inside Chappaqua and Inside Armonk. She’s also a psychotherapist and health coach with a private practice of busy moms. She sees clients individually, in groups and via Skype. “Nowadays, we are so plugged into technology, overscheduled, and struggling with trying to be perfect that we are not truly enjoying our lives. It’s exhausting,” she says. “Learning simple tools and techniques to use throughout your day, along with ways to cope with your stress, is crucial to living a mindful, valued, authentic life.” For more information and to sign up for the boot camp, visit, call 917.974.9446 or email 12

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Old Post Physical Therapy Celebrates Year at New Location


his February, Old Post Physical Therapy (OPPT) is celebrating one year in business at its newly renovated facility in Croton-on-Hudson. “When I was cycling in September of 2013 and rode by an abandoned floral shop, I knew I had found a diamond in the rough,” says owner Kelly J. Keesey. What particularly attracted her was the 4,000 square feet of steel-and-glass greenhouses attached to the brick storefront. She knew it was the ideal place to integrate small-scale local food production with her patient-focused model of physical therapy. “Having practiced in the traditional PT setting for over 15 years, I know firsthand how limiting it can be for the patient and the practitioner,” she says. “At Old Post Physical Therapy, my private and individualized treatments are 30 to 90 minutes of manual therapy and guided exercise tailored to the specific needs of the client. The extra time I now get to spend with each patient allows me to improve patient satisfaction in fewer visits.” Over the last three and a half years, Keesey has seen her plans come to fruition. She’s steadily grown her customer base, and the greenhouses have been transformed into an urban farm providing vegetables to a restaurant in NYC. For appointments for physical therapy, personal training or yoga sessions, visit, email OldPostPT@ or call 914.271.2426. New clients receive $20 off the first visit.

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Hypnotist Joins Therapy Staff at HyInHealth


aul Plotnick, a licensed mental health counselor, has joined the staff of Hygeia Integrated Health in Yorktown. With his expertise in hypnosis, HyInHealth expands its menu of therapy services, which includes psychology, psychotherapy, parent coaching, nutrition, massage and acupuncture. “A few weeks into the New Year, we can already hear the Paul Plotnick crash and burn of those resolutions that did not stick,” says HyInHealth Founder Denise Foulkes. “Regardless of the resolution and its undoing, we’ve added more artillery to our arsenal of support to help clients achieve and maintain their health and wellness goals.” Through hypnosis, people can learn to access their unconscious resources to facilitate positive growth and change, she says. “Hypnosis enables you to better handle emotional issues, such as anxiety or stress, and to learn more adaptive patterns of behavior. It is used to treat a variety of conditions, many of which are often featured on those New Year’s resolution lists: smoking cessation, weight management, habit disorders, athletic performance, academics and more.” She notes that lifestyle changes are “a process, a journey; they are a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to make changes that stick around for the long term, and along with time, it takes support. The therapists at HyInHealth LLC are there to do just that: to help uncover what drives and triggers our unwanted habits so we can work on implementing positive, life-affirming changes.” Hygeia Integrated Health LLC is located at 3505 Hill Blvd., Ste. K, Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, visit, email or call 914.352.6116.

Empowered By Nature Offers Aroma Acupoint Therapy


roma Acupoint Therapy (AAT), which involves the topical use of plant-based essential oils within the paradigm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the latest service offered at Empowered By Nature in Fishkill. It is available as a stand-alone (usually 30-minute) session or as a complement to Reiki and/ or hand/foot reflexology. “The combination of those results in a profound experience,” says Lorraine Hughes, sole proprietor of Empowered By Nature. “AAT employs the use of high-quality, high-vibration essential oils in a clinical aromatherapy topical application,” she says. “Herbs are positioned through the energetic rivers of the human body and mind—that is, the acupuncture points—vitalizing one’s health. The philosophy and aim of this holistic therapy is to first to enhance and balance the individual constitution, thereby preventing the development of disease. Essential oils


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affect both the body and the psyche and resonate with creating an innate sonic vibration.” Hughes begins every AAT session with a short discussion of the client’s symptoms and health concerns, in conjunction with energetic pulses taken on both wrists. Based on this assessment, she designs an individualized treatment plan and places essential oils on specific acupuncture points. She Lorraine Hughes concludes each session by taking the pulses again to assess the subtle shift of energy, or qi (chi). Lorraine Hughes is a registered herbalist and certified qigong instructor. Her practice, Empowered By Nature, is located at 1129 Main St., 2nd Floor, Fishkill, NY. For fee schedules, refer to her services page at For more information about AAT, visit Contact Hughes at 845.416.4598 or LorraineHughes54@

• Part-time programs begin Feb. 2017 • Full time programs begin Apr. 2017

AON Physical Therapy in Mahopac Offers Reflexology


ON Physical Therapy & Wellness is now offering reflexology at its Mahopac location. Margaret Cucchiarella, a nationally certified reflexologist with 12 years’ experience, started working at AON last year, and she says reflexology complements physical therapy. “Reflexology is a powerful holistic approach to reducing stress throughout your entire body. It assists with the natural healing Margaret Cucchiarella process by applying specific pressure techniques to reflex points in your feet and hands that correlate to each organ in your body. It is incredibly relaxing, and when your body is relaxed, then healing can really take effect.” Among the main benefits of reflexology are stress reduction, relaxation, increased circulation, improved body function, pain management and maintained wellness, she says. “If I can offer any advice to clients when I am explaining what reflexology is and what it can do for you, my response is, ‘Try not to wait until you have a chronic issue to seek reflexology,’” she says. “Reflexology is effective with physical therapy because it helps increase circulation and elicits relaxation, which we all need. If we can increase circulation and relaxation in our body on a regular basis, then I believe many illnesses can be avoided. Stress is the main cause of illness. Reflexology de-stresses your entire body. It’s a win-win.” First-time clients will receive a 20 percent discount off a 30- or 60-minute reflexology session. Reflexology services are held at AON’s Mahopac location at 953 Route 6. For appointments, call 845.208.0963. See ad, page 22. natural awakenings

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Krystal Tamburin (middle) and her juiceologists

Grand Opening of Holistic Pharmacy in Katonah


atonah Pharmacy, a new family-owned, independent pharmacy in the former Mrs. Green’s location at 202 Katonah Avenue, across the street from Awakenings, will hold its grand opening February 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store will have giveaways, presentations, samples from vendors, complimentary juice and snacks from the juice bar and free chair massages. Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and naturopathic doctor, will offer free Dosha (pulse and tongue) analyses from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It will be a fun day,” says Krystal Tamburino, who opened the juice bar in the back of the store. “We all believe in the holistic approach here, using natural remedies along with traditional medicine to treat the person as a whole.” Head pharmacist and co-owner William Ryder says it’s not a typical pharmacy. “Our goal is to promote health and wellness in addition to providing pharmaceutical care. We offer an ever-expanding array of healthy choices of vitamins, supplements, homeopathics, natural foods and organic juices. We don’t want the pharmacy department to be your only stop,” says Ryder. The pharmacy is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info, call 914.232.1109 or visit Customers who transfer their prescription to Katonah Pharmacy or start a new one there will receive a free juice with the mention of Natural Awakenings. Read more about Katonah Pharmacy on page 28.

Correction: In the January Profile for Kelly J. Keesey

of Old Post Physical Therapy, we listed an incorrect street address. The correct address is 43 Old Post Road South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. We apologize for the error. 16

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booknews Local Artist’s New Book Explores Sacred Feminine Archetypes


piritual artist and teacher Jo Jayson has just published a new book, Self-Love through the Sacred Feminine, featuring paintings of thirteen sacred feminine archetypes, prophetesses and “women of strength.” Beginning in March, Jayson will hold book signings and talks locally and nationally, exhibiting her work and giving lectures at expos Jo Jayson around the country. She will also offer a seven-week online course based on the book February 7 through March 28. Part art, part story, part journal, Self-Love through the Sacred Feminine is intended to guide women through prayers, meditations and healing exercises to rediscover what it means to be a woman of power and grace in today’s complex world. “We are born wearing a crown; there is nothing more divine than our own souls,” Jayson says. “Through the teachings of Guinevere, the Magdalene, Brighid of Ireland, Isis, Mary the Mother, Jeanne d’Arc, Miriam, Guan Yin, Morgan le Fey, Artemis, Kali Ma, Inanna and Grandmother Spider, we learn how to love ourselves, take back our power, gain courage, forgive, embrace our sensuality and weave the web of our own lives.” Jayson says the early response to the book has been gratifying. She’s received praise for her innovative approach to women’s empowerment. “With her beautiful art and inspiring text, Jo Jayson’s book practically sizzles with deep feminine fire illuminating the path to self-love,” writes Cathleen O’Connor, PhD, author of 365 Days of Angel Prayers. Author Heather Kristian Strang encourages women to “grab a cup of hot tea and settle in with this gorgeous work of art that will open you further into the Sacred Feminine that you Divinely are.” Born in the United Kingdom, Jayson is a self-taught painter who began her career as a muralist and decorative painter in London, Sydney and New York. In 2008, she started working with the divine feminine energies, culminating in her internationally acclaimed Sacred Feminine Series of paintings depicting thirteen divine feminine channeled archetypes. Jayson offers workshops and online courses for healing and self-development as well as paintings, prints, meditation kits and CDs for physical and emotional wellness and empowerment. For more info, contact Jo Jayson at 917.748.1903 or Info@ See ad, this page.

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Fenugreek Eases Menopause

randomized, double-blind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.

Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda

Infants Breathing Bad Air May Suffer as Teens


study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.” FamVeld/

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Fortified Foods Cut Into Supplement Use


September 2016 survey from Packaged Facts, a division of Market Research Group, LLC, showed that as much as 20 percent of the U.S. adult population is cutting back on supplement use due to consumption of fortified foods. Despite this trend, nutritional supplement sales nationwide are projected to increase by $1.5 billion in just two years to $16 billion in 2018. Fortified foods contain extra nutrients added by manufacturers such as cereal fortified with iron, milk with added vitamin D and pasta enhanced with folic acid. While the original intent of these additives was to improve nutritional deficiencies in people without access to foods that naturally contain these nutrients, consequences now include an overabundance of particular nutrients for some and poor food choices due to a dependence on fortified foods for others. Ingesting naturally occurring nutrients in unfortified foods allows each nutrient to be absorbed together with the other vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients contained in that food, enabling them to work together within the body, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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A Natural Solution to Sleep Apnea


Acupuncture Can Maximize Potential of Fertility Treatments


National Institutes of Health study found most people believe sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet in the throat. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank, it actually results from a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm during the transition from semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep. In some people, breathing goes beyond being shallow and completely stops. As the brain realizes the need to breathe, it forces a rapid inhalation that drags the sagging soft tissues into the airway, as reported in Frank’s “Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem.” For some, there’s no indication of potential problems when they are awake as the tissues remain in their normal state and the throat doesn’t close off. Many resort to surgery to remove neck tissue or use a machine to force air into lungs. However, natural, herbal solutions can work to increase the pertinent brain signal that maintains healthy breathing without that rapid inhalation. According to the “Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine”, ingesting herbs like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gastransfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal.


Integrative Med Solutions is located at 266 White Plains Rd., B-1, Eastchester, NY. To arrange for a naturopathic consultation for an individualized health management plan—in office or by telephone or FaceTime—contact Integrative Med Solutions at 914.337.2980 or In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. For more info, visit 20

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Aloe Vera Juice Allays Diabetes



cupuncture can be an excellent natural method for enhancing fertility in both men and women, says Dr. Fred Lisanti, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist and the owner of Integrative Med Solutions in Eastchester. “Studies have shown that acupuncture for women can increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus while stimulating sperm production for men with low sperm counts,” he says. According to Dr. Lisa Lilienfield, a family practice and pain management specialist at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia, acupuncture “helps get the body primed and maximizes the potential effects of fertility treatments.” At Integrative Med Solutions, acupuncture is just one of the natural tools Lisanti uses to enhance the health of his patients. He incorporates his expertise in the ancient practice of Classical Chinese Medicine to create individualized naturopathic care using a variety of holistic approaches—not just acupuncture, but also botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, nutraceutical supplementation, environmental medicine and even clinical hypnosis. Through these custom treatments, he can address specific health concerns like fertility and targeted pain management. He also uses acupuncture for stress reduction, an application scientifically supported by research conducted by Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, associate professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Seeking to pinpoint the molecularlevel effects of acupuncture on stress in mice, Eshkevari found that it blocks the stress-induced release of hormones produced by the hypothalamus and the pituitary and adrenal glands, as well as a peptide involved in the “fight or flight” response. Reducing stress has clear physiological benefits, Lisanti says, and doing so naturally, through treatments like acupuncture, means that the benefits aren’t outweighed by negative side effects. “Preserving health requires our full attention, and sometimes utilizing natural methods to keep you going are the best prevention,” he says.

esearchers from the David Grant Medical Center, at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California, have found that oral doses of aloe vera can reduce fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which indicates the average glucose level over the previous three months, in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Data from nine clinical studies that included 89 diabetes patients were analyzed. Findings suggest that patients with a fasting blood glucose level of more than 200 milligrams per deciliter experienced the greatest benefits from the aloe vera.

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Chinese Herbs Lessen Postpartum Blues


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study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. ~Mother Teresa


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Reflexology and Imagery Relieve Preoperative Anxiety


nticipating surgery can be stressful, and many patients suffer from preoperative anxiety, which can cause serious health complications such as hypertension, rapid pulse and sugar metabolism changes. Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa have found that complementary medicine, combined with standard use of anti-anxiety drugs prior to entering the operating room, can significantly reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve outcomes. Researchers divided 360 preoperative patients ages 17 and up into three groups: those receiving standard care for preoperative anxiety; those receiving standard care along with complementary therapy, featuring acupuncture, reflexology, individual guided imagery or a combination of the latter two; and those receiving standard care combined with generic guided imagery via a recording. Anxiety levels were measured preoperatively before and after the intervention on a scale of one to 10, with scores of four or more constituting intermediate or higher-level anxiety. The study found that complementary therapy in combination with standard care produced a 60 percent reduction in anxiety, with the mean score dropping from 5.54 to 2.32. Combining standard care with reflexology and guided imagery provided the best relief, reducing anxiety by an average of 4.22 points. Patients receiving only standard care experienced a slight rise in their average anxiety level.

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Abandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life. The Associated Press reports that global nonprofits, governments and companies are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as many of the items as possible to protect the environment, save marine life and reduce hazards to marine navigation. A 2009 United Nations report estimated there are 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets deep below the ocean surface worldwide. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that break down and allow trapped marine life to escape. International agreements prohibit dumping fishing equipment at sea; yet in England, small vessels can amass landfill charges of roughly $700 per year, giving them an incentive to ditch broken gear. Pascal van Erp, a Dutch diver alarmed by the amount of equipment he’s encountered, founded the Ghost Fishing Foundation to tackle the issue. He says, “It’s found in all seas, oceans and inland waters at all depths, along the beach and under the sand. I don’t think the problem can be resolved completely, but we can keep it from getting worse by showing the problem to the public and the authorities.” Industry experts and scientists estimate that commercial fishermen annually lose about 10 percent of their traps due to bad weather.

Fungus Among Us Genetically Altered Mushrooms Approved for Consumption

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Hydrogen Conversion From Water Making Gains Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, report that they have finally unlocked a major barrier to exploiting a renewable energy source through extracting pure hydrogen from water. Because the best-performing catalysts for electrochemical oxidation, or “water splitting”, are expensive precious metals, the research team led by KTH Professor Licheng Sun developed molecular catalysts for water oxidation with an efficiency approaching that of natural photosynthesis comprising common, abundant elements, all of which could help change the economics of large-scale hydrogen fuel production. Meanwhile, Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, a professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. Their paper, whose lead authors include post-doctoral fellow Chong Liu and graduate student Brendan Colón, was recently published in Science. “This is a true artificial photosynthesis system,” says Nocera. “Previously, people were using artificial photosynthesis for water-splitting, but this is a true A-to-Z system, and we’ve greatly exceeded the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature.”


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Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a new method of editing genomes of farm animals and food crops. White button mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that have been genetically modified to delay the natural browning process are the first CRISPRedited organisms to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yinong Yang, a plant pathologist from Penn State University, crafted the modified mushrooms by targeting the family of genes responsible for the browning effect seen in produce when sliced and exposed to oxygen. Yang was able to reduce the browning enzyme’s work by 30 percent and was granted approval from the USDA because no foreign or altered DNA was integrated into the mushroom genome. The department only assesses whether there’s a risk that the new modified variety of an organism could become a weed or “pest” to other plants. The mushrooms may still be subject to Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are in discussions about developing a new set of rules for the biotech industry in the next five to 10 years. Source:

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Plants Communicate with Sound A recent study from the University of Western Australia has found that plants regularly react to and emit sounds through a series of clicks produced by their roots, and that such inter-flora communication may be essential to their survival. Evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano, who made the discovery, listened to the roots of young corn plants and found that they regularly produced sounds in the range of 220Hz, a frequency audible to the human ear. Plants have been shown to influence each other in many ways through nanomechanical oscillations on a molecular scale. Gagliano remarks, “Scientists also know that plants use volatile chemicals to communicate with each other.” Another biological research team under the direction of Professor Olaf Kruse, Ph.D., scientific director of the Center for Biotechnology at Germany’s Bielefeld University, has shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: It can draw it from other plants (Nature Communications). Gagliano comments, “Considering that entire forests are all interconnected by networks of fungi, maybe plants are using fungi the way we use the Internet.”

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Cool Tips to Save Money and Energy Following eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be better for some loads. advises that 90 percent of the energy consumed while running a wash load is used to heat the water, so the average household can eliminate as much as 350 pounds of carbon emissions and save about $40 annually by turning the knob to cold. It also notes that some protein-heavy stains, like perspiration and blood, can become more set into the fabric when washed in hot water, which can also shrink synthetic fibers. For sweat stains, suggests combining two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a few drops of lemon essential oil and water to make a paste. Mix and spread it on the stain, and then rub it in and let dry. Another pre-laundry option is to pour or spray a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and then soak for about 30 minutes. Mildly soiled laundry doesn’t necessarily need hot water for adequate cleaning, reports the Mother Nature Network. It advises pre-soaking heavily soiled laundry in cold water for about an hour, adding four tablespoons of baking soda to loosen dirt and grime. “Responding quickly to stains always helps,” says Steve Boorstein, a Boulder, Colorado, clothingcare expert on his website. “For washable clothing, flush the stained area with cool water to remove any solid matter. Never rub the stain in order to avoid driving it deeper into the fabric.” Conserve more energy as well as water by always assembling a full load of laundry. Appliance performance can also make an eco-difference. Energy Star estimates that water savings of between 40 and 75 percent can be achieved with front-loading machines instead of top-loaders. Line drying wins over a clothes dryer in terms of freshness, energy use and kindness to the environment. Start with biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.

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VISION THERAPY Enhances Quality of Life for Patients with Myopia


hen Carmen Marrero and her 10-year-old daughter walked into Dr. Samantha Slotnick’s Scarsdale office, they had already seen several well-known optometrists and ophthalmologists. “Most of them said that they could help slow down my daughter’s very progressive myopia, but none of them were successful in doing so,” Marrero says. “Dr. Slotnick takes a very different approach, but it’s that different approach that makes the way she treats each individual’s vision problems so successful. She has helped my daughter in more ways than I had expected.” A behavioral optometrist, Slotnick takes a holistic, interactive approach to the treatment of myopia (nearsightedness). She says her patients in vision therapy are reporting surprising changes to their quality of life, with myopia stabilization a side effect of successful remediation.

Marrero’s daughter is a case in point. After three months of therapy, she could read faster and more fluently, and she wasn’t skipping lines or words. She also understood her schoolwork more easily and was spending less time on her homework. Now, after another three months, she has more good news: “I finally made the honor roll … and I’m joining the basketball team.” This new interest in basketball was a particular surprise, Marrero says. Like many other patients with progressive myopia, her daughter had always been somewhat clumsy and disinclined to participate in team sports. Clumsiness is one of the common factors that allow myopia to progress unchecked, Slotnick says. “Patients who develop progressive myopia are often focused, determined and detail-oriented. But they self-limit their use of distance vision: they have a strong interest in reading, they tend to hold material

very close, they lack coordination when it comes to sports, and they may tend to trip or stumble over objects or brush the side of the doorframe when walking through.” It is also well documented that patients with myopia come from families that place a strong value on education, she adds. “Nothing is predetermined. Both nature and nurture play a role in myopia development.” Even in adulthood, when myopia has stopped progressing, adults maintain the same characteristics that drove their myopia when they were younger. Fortunately, the vision therapy that Slotnick prescribes can be as helpful to adults as it is to children like Marrero’s daughter. Cassandra Domeika, 30, says vision therapy has greatly impacted her ability to see the whole road while driving. “One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is that before while driving, I’d have a nervous tension in my throat. I was nervous that I might miss things. After vision therapy, that stopped. I realized I was taking in the whole picture as opposed to just noticing the little details that everyone tells you to look for. Now I just see it all.” Domeika has also lowered her prescription by two steps in seven months, Slotnick says. And myopia is not just a visual concern; it is also a very real health risk, she notes. “As myopia develops, the eyeball stretches, which places the patient at a far greater risk for retinal detachment.” While most people with myopia are accustomed to needing glasses or contact lenses, with prescriptions that increase yearly, Slotnick offers alternative treatment options, including glasses optimized for near-point vision, and optometric vision therapy to address the sources of myopia progression within the person, rather than merely compensating the eyes for the symptom of nearsightedness. Dr. Samantha Slotnick offers free participatory workshops to better understand the origins and far-reaching impacts of vision problems, including myopia. For more information, call 914.874.1177 or visit

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of ibuprofen, shampoo or a prescription can peruse the shelves for essential oils, diffusers, Bach flower remedies, teas, the pharmacy’s own private label vitamins from Wellness Works and gifts from Ten Thousand Villages. Wissa is usually on hand for questions and advice, getting to know his customers and helping them achieve their wellness goals.

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Holistic Pharmacies


More than Prescriptions

hen the doctor writes us a prescription or we get the sniffles and want an overthe-counter remedy, most of us head to a traditional pharmacy. What if there was a better option? Three independent pharmacies in our area offer a holistic approach to wellness, in addition to filling conventional prescriptions. Natural Awakenings recently visited these three pharmacies to learn what makes them special.

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Lake Mahopac Pharmacy has been providing Putnam’s County’s compounding and holistic needs for more than seven years. This convenient neighborhood establishment is a one-stop shop. “We do everything,” says owner and Registered Pharmacist Nagi Wissa. “We do traditional medicine, such as antibiotics and other prescriptions from your doctor, but we also specialize in homeopathic remedies, natural products and compounding.” For added convenience, the pharmacy offers online prescription renewals and delivery. Compounding allows Lake Mahopac Pharmacy to provide customized 28

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prescriptions, such as hormone replacement therapy and medications for children based on their body weight. “We compound blood thinners for a one-month old baby. We do the calculations and dispense the prescription,” explains Wissa. Compounding is also available for pets with beef, chicken or fish flavoring mixed in. While the staff at Lake Mahopac Pharmacy support traditional medicine, they are happy to recommend an herbal formula or homeopathic alternative for customers. “When people come in, we give them free advice. If they ask about alternatives to Robitussin, for example, we can recommend a homeopathic cough medicine that works great. We also have natural sleep products that work well for kids with the flu or cold, along with a whole section of natural products for children, ages 2 to 12, and another area for babies.” For single symptoms like nasal discharge, Wissa recommends and sells single homeopathic pellets. The pharmacy also offers safe, nontoxic all-natural head lice treatment. Customers coming into Lake Mahopac Pharmacy to pick up a bottle Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Family-owned and independently operated, Katonah Pharmacy is the newest holistic pharmacy on the block. Located where Mrs. Greens used to be in the village of Katonah, the pharmacy is run by brothers William and Chris Ryder. William serves as head pharmacist and Chris’s wife, Pharmacist Kim Ryder, also works there. In their service to customers, the family focuses on education and promoting wellness. “At Katonah Pharmacy, our primary goal is to achieve and maintain optimal health for the patients that walk through our doors,” explains William. “We do so by educating them and offering healthier alternatives, such as a wide array of vitamins, supplements, herbs, natural foods and organic juices.”

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Customers can enjoy a delicious and healthy organic refreshment from the store’s juice bar while perusing the shelves. “We all believe in the holistic approach here, using natural remedies along with traditional medicine to treat the person as a whole,” says Will’s girlfriend Krystal Tamburino, who runs the juice bar. “Juicing is my personal instruction for mind, body, skin and soul.” Katonah Pharmacy will host a Grand Opening Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 18. The event will feature giveaways, vendor samples and free juice and snacks from the bar. See news brief on page 16 for event information.

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Rye Beach Pharmacy is a large independent operation, filling 400 to 700 prescriptions per day. The Lower Westchester location features a team of capable employees with expertise in nutrition and natural products. Patient counseling is available, along with compounded medications for humans and pets, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional supplements and many natural health products. “We compound for hundreds of physicians and veterinarians and I run the nutrition department,” states Registered Pharmacist and Natural Products Manager Ronald May. “We carry 60 lines of vitamins and about 5,000 different supplements.” May is always happy to field questions in the aisles from customers searching for the best supplement for their particular issue. May sees many patients seeking help from prescription medication and not finding solutions that work. “Medicine is not in a good place right now and not much is known about basic nutritional biochemistry or nutritional products,” he explains. “Prescription medications are often used as a band-aid approach. Fortunately, some people get better on their own with a little help from medication but there are many failures. Patients end up feeling sick and going to different doctors who offer other solutions that don’t work.” Using his combined expertise in pharmacy and nutrition, May and his colleagues at Rye Beach Pharmacy can help clients find long-lasting solutions to their health needs. Holistic pharmacies offer something their big chain competitors are not able to provide: natural solutions that help people get on the road to overall health and wellness. With expertise that extends beyond that of traditional medicine, these pharmacists can pull from an extensive knowledge base and offer recommendations and customized products designed for each patient’s individual needs.


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559 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 845.208.0424; Open: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. See ad, page 17.

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202 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536 914.232.1109; Open: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Whole Foods Donates $14K to Westchester Land Trust

hole Foods Market: Westchester County has donated more than $14,000 to the Westchester Land Trust (WLT), the result of a community giving day held at each of the store’s three Westchester locations: Port Chester, White Plains and Yonkers. “We are deeply grateful to all in the Westchester community who made a special effort to shop at Whole Foods Market on their 5 percent community giving day in December, and for Whole Foods for selecting Westchester Land Trust as their beneficiary,” says WLT President Lori Ensinger. “Whole Foods Market Westchester has long supported WLT’s sustainable agriculture programs and our efforts to preserve our region’s remaining farmland. This recent donation will help us support local farmers and ensure that community members have access to locally grown and nutrient-dense food.” On WLT’s farm plots at its Sugar Hill Farm headquarters, the organization teaches hundreds of volunteers of all ages to grow organic vegetables and “green” their communities. The produce raised at the farm is donated to WLT’s partner, the Food Bank for Westchester, for distribution to families in need throughout the county. During the 2016 growing season, WLT volunteers harvested a record-breaking 2,670 pounds of produce, providing more than 12,900 individual servings of nutrient-rich food. “We were thrilled to support the Westchester Land Trust and their Sugar Hill Farm project,” says Karen Greene, Whole Foods Market’s metro marketer


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for Westchester County. “We couldn’t be happier to provide financial support for their ongoing work and dedication to preserving and protecting the environment through various programs, in addition to providing fresh food for the underserved in our communities.” Whole Foods created this fundraiser to give back to local communities through support of nonprofit organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding their stores. Four days a year, each store selects a local organization to receive 5 percent of its net sales on that day. Based in Bedford Hills, WLT works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam Counties, a densely populated region under persistent threat from the pressures of development. Through the use of conservation easements and outright acquisition, WLT seeks to benefit the long-term health of these communities by safeguarding air quality, food supply and community character, as well as critical watershed areas. Since its founding in 1988, WLT has preserved almost 8,000 acres of open space, including more than 700 acres of preserves owned by the organization which are free and open to the public. For more info about WLT, visit, follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@WestchesterLandTrust) and on Twitter (@WLT_NY).

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Easy-Grow Microgreens Are Big on Nutrition by Barbara Pleasant


ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and per-

Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. sistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.

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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish

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had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises Galchus. “They also love grasses grown from hard wheat, whole barley and rye. Cats cannot digest the grass, but use it to bring up indigestible matter that might be lodged in their stomachs.”

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Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble.

For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about onequarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture over the next few days. To harvest, cut in bunches about one-half inch above the soil line. Microgreens store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but are best eaten fresh. For both beginners and experienced gardeners, growing microgreens provides a close-up look at seed germination, one of nature’s miracles.

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Kids Do Best with Holistic Dentistry by Linda Sechrist


ccording to a 2012 New York Times story, “Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities,” more dentists nationwide are recommending that children be administered general anesthesia at hospitals due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children is largely preventable. Wise parents encourage their children to develop healthy habits such as brushing teeth at least twice a day; eating fewer sugary snacks and brushing afterwards; limiting fruit juice intake to four ounces a day; and sucking on bacteria-killing xylitol lollipops. Such a routine combined with an initial dentist visit by their first birthday can reduce dental costs, including hospital treatment for extreme decay that can cost thousands of dollars. Other ways to reduce the too-common incidence of six to 10 childhood cavities include breastfeeding only until baby teeth erupt; avoiding transmission of an anaerobic oral bacteria carried in 34

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saliva that’s the leading cause of tooth decay; early interceptive treatment to avoid crowding of teeth; and consulting a nutritionist.


Andie Pearson, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of Gaimed Dental Spa, in Wilmette, Illinois, tells mothers that in the descent through the birth canal, their baby ingests the bacteria necessary to digest breast milk. As teeth later emerge, their gut bacteria also become able to digest solid food. “By the time a child has all 20 baby teeth, between 18 and 30 months, they no longer have the microbial ecology for digesting breast milk and should be weaned. Researchers from the University of CaliforniaBerkeley have found that the more frequently a mother breastfed her child beyond the second birthday during the day, the greater the child’s risk of severe early tooth decay,” says Pearson. Development of facial muscles and bone structure is dependent on Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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healthykids chewing and gnawing. “Teething rings facilitate chewing that builds stronger teeth and creates better alignment,” she explains. If childhood tooth growth is delayed, Pearson often suggests a chiropractic adjustment if all other developmental areas are normal. “It can help the body relax so that teeth erupt naturally,” she advises.

Mouth-to-Mouth Susan Maples, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Total Health Dentistry, in Holt, Michigan, notes that Streptococcus mutans is the leading reason children are hospitalized today. “Cavities are formed when the rate of decay of the teeth caused by the lactic acid produced by the bacteria exceeds the rate of repair initiated by the phosphate and calcium ions in saliva,” she explains. The unwanted bacteria is transmitted through saliva, which is why adults should avoid licking spoons or tasting foods before offering them to children between the ages of 1 and 3. “This type of bacteria thrives on sugar, so children shouldn’t have lots of sugary drinks and sweet treats,” says Maples. Mouth kissing presents a similar risk.

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Kris Kammer, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Gums of Steel Oral Hygiene Transformation, in Middleton, Wisconsin, learned early in his career to avoid mercury amalgam fillings and early extractions of bicuspids for orthodontic purposes, and that xylitol reduces buildup of plaque bacterial biofilm on teeth. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research, supported by findings of a metastudy appearing in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry “shows that regular use of xylitol over six months significantly reduces the Streptococcus mutans population,” he says. He also suggests early interceptive treatments which can be

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SACRED PASSAGE Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


hen properly viewed, the thresholds of all of life’s transitional moments can be both emotionally and spiritually rewarding. Whether it involves marriage or birth, job loss or illness, gleaning insight from the experience can yield fresh perspective on how to live life more fully today, if we remain mindful and lovingly attentive through the process. Like birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death not as a failure, but an expected aspect of 40

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The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-of-life literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdombased culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love, spiritual Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness. “Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. The author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of Dying expands the conversation through related articles and podcasts at Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized, medical event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a deeper understanding of options and resources for a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members, such as Sacred Crossings, in Los Angeles, seek to restore the lost

art and healing ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home after-death care. Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-of-life planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

Exploring the Mystery

For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. Like William Peters, founder of the Shared Crossings Project, in Santa Barbara, California, they caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.” natural awakenings

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We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go of contentiousness and often wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray. Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

“Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.”  The Death Over Dinner initiative, founded by Michael Hebb in 2013, has been hosted by groups in more than 20 countries to help people engage in conversations on “how we want to die”—the most vital and costly discussion Americans aren’t having (

Practical Plans

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy program offer a free downloadable national Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-of-Life Plan at It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-notresuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good ending.” As death approached,

As many as 80 percent of us say we want to die at home.

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n their books Caring for the Dying and Having the Last Say, authors Henry FerskoWeiss and Alan Gelb, respectively, advocate reviewing our life and writing a short narrative to explore its value as we approach our final act of Earth’s play. Processing experiences from the past and what they mean at this juncture presents us an opportunity to achieve greater clarity and integrate them in a positive way in our life story. According to Fersko-Weiss, it has the power to reduce depression, increase life satisfaction, promote acceptance of self and enhance integrity of spirit, no matter what phase of life we are in. The harvesting of life experiences should reflect our true humanity—flaws and all—and what we’ve learned through mistakes and failures, as well as triumphs. Conveying a compelling mythic family story, values we’ve lived by and our embrace of meaningful relationships will help the people we know understand that, for all its difficulties and complexities, life is worth living. Our narrative, whether recorded as an essay or scripted video, becomes an act of praise for the gift of the life we’ve led, imperfect as it may have been. It can also serve as a potential keepsake that passes along life lessons and values from one generation to another. Gelb suggests that summing up what’s most important to us in 500 to 1,000 words can be an experience to savor and enjoy at a reflective time in life, an opportunity to capture our legacy and even serve as our own eulogy. When we want a loved one no longer here to feel near to us and hear them one last time, it’s a way for them to literally have the last say, he adds.

Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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In the O-Zone Oxygen Therapy Heals a Host of Ills


s safe and trusted as hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy, ozone therapy also harnesses the healing power of oxygen. Since the 1950s, its popularity has increased around the world. Today, more than 45,000 physicians in 50 countries administer ozone therapy to address ailments ranging from endodontic infections and herniated disk pain to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. According to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the widespread medical use of ozone began in Germany and has since spread across Europe as an alternative treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The academy notes that allopathic physicians caution against ozone therapy largely due to misinformation and a lack of understanding regarding its efficacy, side effects, expense and safety, even though published international studies as well as U.S. clinical trials have shown it can be used instead of more expensive and dangerous methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals. Therapeutic ozone has a sound safety record and no toxic effects have been observed from proper clinical use (Journal of the American Medical Association). Occasional reported side effects are slight


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weakness, dizziness or drowsiness for short periods of time during or after treatment. Rare allergic skin reactions like nettle rash are possible with local applications, although occurrences are mild and quick to resolve. Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone therapy, like exercise, creates health benefits by delivering measured doses of oxidative stress that activate the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is superoxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase that keeps DNA young by maintaining the telomere at the end of each DNA strand. A study from Cuba’s University of Havana of herniated disc patients found that ozone therapy provided both oxidative protection and pain relief. Such properties make medical ozone therapy a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It’s been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections (Iranian Endodonics Journal), osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections and Lyme disease. Staff of the Sophia Health Institute, in Woodinville, Washington, report remarkably fast results treating such chronic complex infections by

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following intensive intravenous (IV) ozone protocols, with individualized systemic support. Ozonotherapy is a prime treatment for infections, especially viral. Leading experts in oxidative therapy Dr. Robert Rowen, who practices in Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Howard Robins, director of The Healing Center, in New York City, had good success administering treatment during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. In addition to many patients helped, “It’s been reported that ozone therapy rapidly cured five patients with Ebola during the outbreak,” says Rowen. Ozone therapy is now used to relieve arthritis, neuropathy, degenerative joint and disk disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. A pilot study led by the Universidad de Granada, Spain, saw improvement in the physical and depressive symptoms of fibromyalgia. “Ozone is also effective in treating osteoarthritic knees and, via injection, arthritic hips,” says Rowen. Other individuals describe their experiences of overcoming various diseases using ozone therapy at RobertRowenMD/videos. One of the most impressive evidence-based applications is relief from the pain of herniated disks, particularly lumbar. More than one meta-analysis deemed ozone treatment an effective and extremely safe procedure, with pain and functional outcomes equal to or better than surgery and far lower complication rates (less than 0.1 percent), along with significantly shorter recovery times (Pain Physician; American Journal of Neuroradiology). According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, oxygen/ ozone therapy used in dentistry offers three fundamental forms of applications to treat oral tissue—ozonated water, ozonated olive oil and oxygen/ozone gas. Ozonated water and olive oil have proved to be an ideal delivery system. Non-toxic and simple to generate, ozone therapy is coming of age as a viable option for both the treatment and prevention of illnesses. Valerie Burke is a freelance health writer in Olympia, Washington, versed in integrative medicine with a master’s degree in nursing science. natural awakenings

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Sustainably Stylish Home Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson


e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means lightfilled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custom-made chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified childlabor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

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and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserving the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.

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“We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’” The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers partners with businesses

To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which verifies low levels of chemical emissions.

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oday’s mass-produced furniture may contain hidden chemicals such as formaldehyde-based adhesives, flame retardants and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) linked to serious health issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in at least 90 percent of households sampled. “These chemicals enter the air as materials in the furnishings break down,” explains healthy home expert Lisa Beres. “Because we spend an average of 90 percent of our lives indoors, the exposure to harmful chemicals is troubling.” Beres advises shoppers to be wary of synthetic fabrics, which not only consume nonrenewable resources like petroleum, but may also contain toxic dyes, heavy metals or chemicals like Teflon. Foam and other fillings in mattresses, sofas and chairs are often a hidden source of off-gassing VOCs. The Sustainable Furnishing Council’s seal of approval and member list at are a good place to start to find companies committed to offering healthier alternatives that include transparency and responsibility in their manufacturing practices.

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Not all natural products are sustainably produced; cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Look for certified organic cotton as a responsible textile choice. Beres also suggests renewable fiber sources like bamboo or hemp. “Natural latex is a sound alternative to foam fillers, offering good support and dust mite resistance,” says Beres. Specific animal-based products like down feathers used in bedding can provoke allergies and be produced inhumanely, Beres cautions. Products certified to the Responsible Down Standard, which protects the wellbeing and welfare of geese tapped for their manufacture, offer a humane choice for fluffy down comforters. Look for well-crafted furniture made from locally sourced, reclaimed or FSC-certified wood instead of particleboard, which usually contains formaldehyde and may be made from unsustainably harvested wood. Sustainable furnishings are both better for the planet and can make a home distinctive. Natural pieces like a countertop made from reclaimed, rough-hewn wood provide a unique beauty that mass-manufactured pieces can’t match and also showcase the material’s natural form and feeling. Her firm promotes durable, timeless pieces over trendy furnishings that a client might discard in a few years. When it’s time to retire a piece of furniture, find a new home for it, whether by donating to a charity or reselling through a consignment store. While cutting corners on home furnishing choices can be tempting, especially when shopping on a budget, remember that today’s quality pieces may become tomorrow’s cherished heirlooms. “Some will spend money on the latest gadget, but hesitate to invest in a great piece of furniture or a quality mattress they’ll spend much of their life sitting or sleeping on,” says Beres. “It’s not a splurge; you’re investing in your health and protecting Earth’s precious resources. It all comes full circle.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from their mate. Choices to “turn toward” or “turn away” revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward” bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.” People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their


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partners are doing and see negativity when it’s absent. Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith. com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith.

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NEW AGE STORE Dreaming Goddess Energy healers/Tarot Readers 44 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206 Hands of Serenity Healing 1129 Main St., Fishkill NY 845.896.1915

REIKI Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079; Hands of Serenity Healing Jody Cleveland, RN 1129 Main St., Fishkill 845.896.1915 The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master 914.793.2600, Eastchester

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fitnessbriefs New Community Classes at Rhinebeck Pilates


hinebeck Pilates is now offering weekly tower and mat classes as community classes taught by new or apprentice teachers from the studio’s teacher training program. “Because the classes are taught by newer teachers, the cost of the classes are less than a regular class, which makes for a nice way to add Pilates classes to your regular fitness schedule or try Pilates for the first time,” says owner Elaine Ewing. Tower classes use springs, bars, straps and Pilates apparatus to create resistance and assistance during exercises. Mat classes are taught solely on the mat—it’s the student’s body against gravity. “Both classes emphasize Rhinebeck Pilates flow, fun and interesting movements not found in most other types of fitness programs,” Ewing says. “Also unique to the Pilates method is that it focuses on functional movements and balance controls rather than individual muscles, for a fast, full-body effect.” The majority of students at Rhinebeck Pilates are over 40, and from various fitness levels and lifestyles, she adds. “Most people start Pilates because they’ve been told they have bad posture or have chronic back pain and want to strengthen their core. After starting Pilates, most students regain spinal flexibility, control and core strength, and eventually do movements in Pilates that they never thought possible. The best thing about Pilates is that it changes your body at any age. It’s never too late to start.” Rhinebeck Pilates is located at 6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. Community Tower Class is held Mondays at 5:30 p.m.; Community Mat Class is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Preregistration required. For more info, call 845.876.5686, email or visit See ad, page 51.

Tango Workshop by E-Sensual Dance


-Sensual Dance, located at 71A Croton Avenue in Ossining, is offering a Valentine’s Day Tango W o r k shop for men and women of all dance abilities— Marianne Hettinger no partner necessary—led by world-renowned dancer and former US and Canadian ballroom champion Marianne Hettinger. The workshop will be held February 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., and will include signature tango moves and choreographed routines. Hettinger coaches and choreographs for Broadway and film and is dance coach to such celebrities as Matt Damon and Antonio Banderas, with whom she performed a salsa on the David Letterman Show. As a dancer she has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, as well as with the Indianapolis, Baltimore and Toronto symphonies. She is also a filmmaker and actress. E-Sensual Dance teaches pole and chair dance-fitness classes for women of all ages, catering to the beginner. Classes are 90 minutes long, small in size and feature core-strengthening exercises, pole work and choreographed dance routines. “Pole dancing is widely recognized as a fitness workout that strengthens the core and builds upper-body strength. It can also be quite addictive, which means it is a workout you will love and stay committed to. We know it can be intimidating walking into a class full of experts, so we have created a positive dance experience with the absolute beginner in mind,” says owner Rosemarie Mitchell. Tickets cost $65 per person and are available for purchase online at Call 646.228.4002 for reservations and info. See ad, page 52.


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Saw Mill Club Adds Ohra Yoga Teacher Training​


ith 50 class options each week, Saw Mill Club (SMC) in Mount Kisco is not new to the yoga world. But recently it has taken its yoga program to the next level by adding a 300-hour Ohra Yoga advanced teacher training. Sessions begin in March. “The 300-hour program finally makes learning in Westchester more convenient,” says Michelle Briks, SMC yoga programs coordinator. “This advanced training is designed to elevate your teaching skills, drawing on specialty instructors from New York City, Princeton, New Jersey, and of course our own backyard. Teachers will learn to improve their presentation, deepen their anatomical knowledge and expand their sequencing toolbox.”   SMC’s Ohra Yoga Teacher Training program offers both a Yoga Alliance-accredited E-RYT 200-hour program for those wishing to become an instructor, and the E-RYT 300-hour advanced teacher training “for those with their E-RYT 200 who are looking to stand out from the crowd.” The SMC Ohra trainings are led by Briks, who has her 500 E-RYT and is also an Ayurvedic specialist and accredited nutritionist. “Our proven training methods—we’ve graduated more than 50 students in the last three years—are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced,” she says. “Our graduates are represented in many yoga studios in Westchester, Connecticut and New York City.”

eginning February 25, the school of Applied Yoga will offer a five-month 200-hour teacher training in Raja-Hatha Yoga at Inner Balance Studio in Patterson. Rooted in the dualistic approach to yoga through practices of body and mind, “Raja-Hatha Yoga can inform, inspire and lead the practitioner toward self-understanding, acceptance and mastery,” says Gabrielle Semel, studio director. “By means of the eight-limbed practice, we start from where we are, meet our strengths and limitations, and work toward growth and full potential. The possibilities are endless.” The next interest meeting will be held at Inner Balance February 5 at 1 p.m. Whether participants are looking to teach the practice themselves or simply deepen their own experience, this training program will proGabrielle Semel at vide opportunity through community-supported Inner Balance Studio spiritual practice, Semel says. Mandates include weekend intensives on site as well as written homework, reading, practicum, daily journaling and meditation. Upon completion of the training, students will have Yoga Alliance-recognized certification. “Trainees will be equipped to apply and integrate ancient practice in group settings and uniquely for the individual, tending to nature, lifestyle and current state,” she says. Trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays: February 25-26; March 11-12 and 25-26; April 8-9 and 22-23; May 6-7 and 20-21; June 3-4 and 17-18; and July 8-9. Inner Balance Studio is located at 1072 Route 311, Patterson, NY. For more info, email or call 845.878.7800. See ad, page 53.

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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass

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we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward

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to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include lighthearted wordplay and questions about anatomy and physiology.” Pahl urges everyone at every age, “Consume only whole foods, always.” He rarely drinks alcohol and begins every day with yoga and qigong. “Also, be sure to stay well hydrated,” adds Jones. “This will keep your joints healthy, skin clear and moist, digestion more efficient and detoxification of organ systems more effective. Add fresh lemon if you like.” Physical fitness is only one aspect of aging gracefully. Spiritual growth lifts and lightens any mental and emotional load, while supporting physical well-being. Spitzer also recommends, “Reading, learning to play a musical instrument, crafting activities, computer strategy games or doing other

activities that require concentration or new problem-solving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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Sat. Feb. 4, 2-4 pm Understanding Energy Energy management series teaches the basics, tools, strategies and alignment for greater well-being. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. $40 Register online Roland Comtois-Validating the Afterlife Sunday, February 5, 2-4pm. Receive messages of love and hope that will restore your heart-soul connection. Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY. $80 Register online:; 914.236.4503

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic beings and nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Inner Balance Book Circle at Front Street Gallery – 7pm. Discussion on the first 31 passages of Meditations From the Mat, Rolph Gates. 21 Front St, Patterson. Info: ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

markyourcalendar Young Living Essential Oil Workshop “Live, Love, Laugh” Tuesday, February 7, 6-8pm Katonah, NY SEATS LIMITED! Blend oils for your “heart and mind awareness” enhancing joy. Learn the essential oils that obtain aphrodisiac properties for the month of love. Register by Friday, February 3 $15 (Includes light refreshments) O: 914.556.8258  C: 914.494.2266 (address given at registration)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Yoga Teacher Training Registration – Feb 2-28. RYS-200 SMC Ohra Yoga Teacher Training program. Begins Mar 6. With Michelle Briks RYT-500 and SMC Yoga Program Coordinator. Saw Mill Club. Mt Kisco. Info, Michelle: 914.241.0797.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 The Writer’s Creative Experience – 10am-noon. Learn techniques to spark creativity and enjoy life with more vibrancy. $162/180 five-weeks. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080. For outline: Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. 11:30am. Guided trail experience through woodland forest. Get acquainted with GNC trail system. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.813.1812. Star Visions Community: Understanding Energy – 2-4pm. Energy management series teaches the basics, tools, strategies and alignment for greater well-being. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. $40. Register: Thai Yoga Bodywork Workshop – 2:30-5pm. Led by Julia Santos. Learn basic movements working with partners, both giving and receiving. $50 preregister online. $55 door. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Grand Opening Beauty & Beast Co. – 3-10pm. Wine and cheese grand opening. First 50 customers receive free gift. 27 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, directly across from Bedford Hills Train Station. Monthly Shamanic Reiki Hearth Healing Circle – 5:30-7pm. With Melanie Ryan, SRMT. Proceeds go to, a non-profit to preserve worldwide indigenous shamanic healing practices. $20 suggested. Drop-in. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra – 10-11am. With Claudia Gukeisen. Experience inner peace and connect with self. Practice used to aid insomnia, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and chronic pain. Mt Kisco. $25. Claudia: 914.673.3313. Center4 First Sunday Free Meditation and Satsang – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Gabrielle Semel, E-RYT 500. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rt 311, Patterson. Info:

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with Deborah Lubetkin, Psy.D. Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association Saturday, February 11, 1:30–4:30pm Discover practices that are effective for managing anxiety, depression, and trauma, appropriate for home practice, yoga classes, or yoga therapy. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers in advance Register at 914.582.7816; Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. By Donation. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Yoga Teacher Training interest meeting – 1pm. The school of Applied Yoga five-month 200-hour teacher training in Raja-Hatha Yoga at Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rt. 311, Patterson. Info: 845.878.7800. Star Visions Community: Roland Comtois – 2-4pm. Validating the Afterlife. Receive messages of love and hope that can restore heart-soul connection. Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford. $80. Register online: 914.236.4503. Open Dance Party – 2:30-4:30pm. All ages. DJ provides the beats and vibrations to set us on a journey of self-expression. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Monthly Healing Circle – 4pm. With Susan Gagliardo. Suggested Donation: $10. Acupuncture Works, 132A Rte 37, New Fairfield, CT. Info: 845.494.0090.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Gentle Yoga by Candlelight – 5:30-6:45pm. Mondays (2/6, 13, 20 & 27) with Alma Pink, RYT, LMT. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rt 311, Patterson. Info: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Finding Self-Love through the Sacred Feminine Teleclass – Seven-week online course. Learn sacred lessons to self-love through the channeled wisdom of 13 sacred feminine archetypes. $188. Jo Jayson: 917.748.1903. Core and Restore Yoga – 12:30-1:45pm. With Michelle Briks RYT-500. Gentle but fortifying class will begin by introducing core strengthening moves and then moving into a more restorative phase. First class free. Saw Mill Club. Terry: 914.241.0797.

– 5-6:30pm.With Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

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Reiki II – Noon-5pm. The Second Degree with Susan Gagliardo. $225. Acupuncture Works, 132A Coming June Rte 37, New Fairfield, CT. Info: 845.494.0090.



Solution to Over Weight: Weiss Method InfoLecture NYC – 1-2pm. Learn an effective, method to participate is May 12. to lose weight, overcome nicotine,Deadline alcohol, overeating, sugar addiction. 80 percent success rate. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC. Register: 914.705.1805 Join Info: us! Call 914.617.8750

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Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, groupYOGA discus- ASSOCIATIONS INSTRUCTOR sion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Yamuna Rolling (YBR)914.793.2600. Yoga Teachers Association Plains Rd, Body Ste 203, Eastchester. A complement to Yoga Workshops 2nd Sat. 1:30pm

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Heart-Centered Spiritual Growth – 6:30-8:30pm. PILATES Learn the basicsSTUDIOS of Western spirituality experientially. Learn heart. STUDIOS ARMONKhow to meditate through one’s YOGA $162/180 five-weeks. Wainwright House, Rye. Pilates Fitness Plus BEDFORD HILLS 914.967.6080. For outline:

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Katonah Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than Yoga 914.469.6030 39 Main 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and Street 914.241.2661; make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. BEDFORD HILLS RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. CROSS RIVER Elite Performance PT

of Westchester, PC THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 o2living 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Rt. 35 41 Main St. @ Katonah Yoga Hands-on Cooking Class: Cook Once, Eat914.763.6320; for Days – 917.476.2164 5-7:30pm. With Marti Wolfson, MS. Learn art of

DOBBS stocking fridge with variety of delicious and nour- FERRY ishing meals for the week. Kids over 12 welcome. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing PATTERSON Chappaqua. 413.717.0459. Arts Center located at Inner Balance Studio South Presbyterian Church New Moon Ceremony with the Slow Medicine 1072 Route 311 An evening of ceremony, 343comBroadway Astrologer – 7-9pm. 845.878.7800; munity building, guided meditation and intention setting. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.


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Classical Pilates Mediumship Circle –Studio 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. OldSynchronicity, Mill River Road $40. 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 917.841.1218; 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group –RHINEBECK 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. UniquePilates theme, meditation, group discusRhinebeck sion. $15. The Temperance 6400 Montgomery St. Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. 845.876.5686



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Golden Temple Yoga 223 Katonah Ave. 914.232.3473

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Tovami Yoga 112 W. Boston Post Rd 914.618.4887;

Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;



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Zen Garden Health Coaching and Yoga Edit J. Babboni, 200-RYT 61 Lakeview Drive 917.721.2529

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ON OUR 1st ANNIVERSARY! The Center for Health and Healing Holistic Health & Learning Center FREE Workshops & Consultations Raffle Prizes & Snacks Sunday, February 12 10am to 4:30pm 914.864.0462 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 Young Living Essential Oil Workshop: Live, Love, Laugh – 6-8pm. Learn the essential oils that have aphrodisiac properties and how to can share Young Living Essential oils creating a business. $15. Includes refreshments. Katonah. Register: 914.556.8258. Qi Gong Classes at Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio – Feb 7 & 21. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. 436 Main St, Beacon. Lorraine: 845.416.4598. Info: Yoga for Skiers – 7-8:15pm. With Jessica Outlaw. Increase strength and flexibility, improve performance, boost endurance, decrease chance of injury and more. All levels. $30. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Energy: Climate Culprit to Atmosphere Hero – 7pm/refreshments; 7:30pm/program begins. Presentation on the future of energy systems. Renewable sources of energy highlighted. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.813.1812. Smoke Free Easily: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn an effective, all natural method for overcoming smoking and other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff. Register: 914.705.1805. Info: Weight Loss Made Simple: Weiss Method InfoLecture – 7-8pm. Learn an effective, all natural method for overcoming smoking and other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff. Register: 914.705.1805. Info:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Ayurveda and Yoga Lifestyle Study Group – Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23 and Apr 6, 20. 1-2:30pm. Learn principles of Ayurveda’s tri-dosha philosophy and more. Clinical assessment with Dr. Kaushik. Classes with Deirdre Breen. $150. Cross River. 914.875.9088.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Candlelight Yoga and Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. With Anna Bellard RYT-500. Soft candlelit room sets the tone to destress from hectic workweek and start the weekend fresh. First class free. Saw Mill Club. Terry: 914.241.0797.


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Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell, RM. Combining a variety of energy modalities to release karmic conditioning, emotional obstacles and other energy blockages held in the spine. $30 preregistered. $35 door. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 MELT – 1:30-3pm. With Joy Jacobson. Eliminate chronic pain, improve performance and decreases accumulated stress caused by repetitive postures and movements of everyday living and more. $35. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. LifeForce Yoga – 1:30-4:30pm. With Deborah Lubetkin. Learn effective practices for managing anxiety, depression and trauma. $45 members. $65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Connecting Your Child with Nature – 3pm. With Ed Bieber, author of What Color is the Wind. How can parents replace time on computer screens with developing outdoor skills and a sense of wonder about the earth? Rye Free Reading Room, 1062 Boston Post Rd, Rye, Yin Yoga Nidra with Essential Oils and Live Music – 4-6pm. Soothe the senses, calm the mind, body and spirit and reduce stress. $35. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Women’s Full Moon Circle – 7-8:30pm. A nondenominational monthly gathering for women. Draw in the powerful energies of the full moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Meditation – With Amy Benesch. Donation. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Free Day of Healing – 10am-4:30pm. Center anniversary event with all our holistic health center practitioners. Free holistic health consults, mini workshops and raffle prizes. The Center for Health and Healing, Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Family Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. Age-appropriate yoga poses, breathing, movement games and relaxation. Children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $25/two, $5 each additional. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642. Valentine’s Day Tango Workshop – 2-4pm. Learn tango dance steps and choreography with E-Sensual Dance at The Center. $65 per person. 71A Croton Ave, Ossining. Info: Rosemarie at 646.228.4001;

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Hot Fluid Power – 1-2:15pm. With Michelle Briks RYT-500. Vinyasa Flow class with intelligent se-

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quencing that flows seamlessly to a peak pose. Room is 95 degrees. First class free. Terry: 914.241.0797.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Tea & Stones – 6:30pm. Connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Addiction Free Naturally: Weiss Method InfoLecture – 1-2pm. Learn an effective method for overcoming addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar, weight loss. 80 percent success rate. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff. Register: 914.705.1805. Info:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Hands-On Cooking Class: Mind the Gut – 5-7:30pm. With Marti Wolfson, MS. Discover the most important nutrients to preventing and treating GI-related problems and how to make delicious meals to support a healthy gut. Chappaqua. 413.717.0459. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Tracy Cochran. Learn practice of bringing attention to present moment experience and more. All levels. $20 drop-in or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Monthly Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Relax and receive the healing of universal life force energy in a loving, supportive healing environment with caring, professional Reiki practitioners. $20 suggested. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, transcend our conscious state and journey to meet the helping spirits around us. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. The 72 Archangel of the Kabbalah: Discover Your Birth Angel Workshop – 7-9pm.With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Grand Opening Katonah Pharmacy – 11am-3pm. Giveaways, presentations, samples from vendors, and snacks from the juice bar and free chair massages. Free Dosha Analysis: Pulse and Tongue from 11am-1pm with Dr. Somesh Kaushik. 202 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.232.1109 or visit Ayurveda: Arthritis and Autoimmunity - Treating the Root Cause – 3-5pm. Refreshments. Free. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Mon, Tue, Wed: 914.875.9088. Dr. Kaushik cell 646.672.6725. Awakening to Mediumship & Open Channeling – 5-6:30pm.With Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

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into Higher Consciousness with Shamanic Reiki Worldwide Faculty Stacey Gibbons Jonathan Hammond March 18 & 19 10am - 5pm Mt. Kisco, NY

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Third Sunday Community Yoga – 11:30am12:45pm. Admission by donation of personal care products for the Pawling Community Resource Center. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rt 311, Patterson. Info: Reiki II – Noon-5pm. The Second Degree with Susan Gagliardo. $225. Acupuncture Works, 132A Rte 37, New Fairfield, CT. Info: 845.494.0090. Solution to Over Weight: Weiss Method InfoLecture NYC – 1-2pm. Learn an effective, method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating, sugar addiction. 80 percent success rate. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC. Register: 914.705.1805 Info:

FRIDAY, FEBRAURY 24 Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Reiki Classes – Feb 25 and 26. Two-day course. Learn from master of Reiki masters who maintains this ancient practice as passed down from Reiki master to student. $200. Universal Reiki Healing Arts Connection, Peekskill. Shima: 917.279.9577. Qi Gong for Women – 9am-1pm. Registration number: 5848 90. $49. Lorraine Hughes. LES452. Dutchess Community College - South. Register directly with the school: 845.431.8910. SunyDutchess. Edu/cfweb

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Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Hands-on Cooking Class: Cook Once, Eat for Days – 5-7:30pm. With Marti Wolfson, MS. Learn art of stocking fridge with variety of delicious and nourishing meals for the week. Kids over 12 welcome. Chappaqua. 413.717.0459. New Moon Ceremony with the Slow Medicine Astrologer – 7-9pm. An evening of ceremony, community building, guided meditation and intention setting. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

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Healers, Vendors and Readers Over 100 exhibitors, 1000 guests! Sunday, March 26 ~ 10am to 5pm Double Tree Hotel 455 So. Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591

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Addiction Free Naturally: Weiss Method InfoLecture NYC – 1-2pm. Learn an effective, method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating and sugar addiction. 80 percent success rate. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC. Register: 914.705.1805. Info: Connecting to Spirit of Past Loved Ones – 2-4pm. With medium Joan Carra. Heal grief with comfort, compassion and the grace of spirit communications. $55. Seating limited. Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. RSVP: 203.531.6387.


Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Heart-Centered Spiritual Growth – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the basics of Western spirituality experientially. Learn how to meditate through one’s heart. $162/180 five-weeks. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080. For outline:

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Restorative Yoga – 5-7pm. With Karla Booth Diamond. Powerful practice everyone can benefit from, regardless of age or fitness level. 35 preregistered. $40 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.




Men’s Group – 7-8:30pm. Embrace and celebrate the full spectrum of our authentic beings, as we reflect on and develop the true meaning and purpose of our lives. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Yoga Therapeutics Workshop – 12:30-3pm. With Satveer Kaur, special guest from London with an extensive background in meditation, kundalini and hypnotherapy. Relax nervous system; receive deep healing. $55. Saw Mill Club. Register: Kathleen 914.241.0797. Yoga Teacher Training Starts at Inner Balance – The school of Applied Yoga five-month 200-hour teacher training in Raja-Hatha Yoga. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rt. 311, Patterson. Info: 845.878.7800. Crystal Grid Workshop – 2-4pm. With Joann Fava. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts desires with the creative energies of the new moon. $10 newcomers. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Monthly Manifesting – Noon-1:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $25. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Herbal Magic Gathering – 6:30-7:30pm. Monthly hour lecture and mini workshop. Work with a specific herb, discuss its properties, uses and often basic how-to’s. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Fundamentals of Self-Acupressure – 9-6pm. Learn a 25 self-acupressure pattern plus extra points to address specific conditions. General public and practitioners welcome. 8 CEUs for LMTs and reflexologists. Westchester Community College/Continuing Education. Info, Avra Blieden: 917.923.8731.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Death Café – 2pm. A group of people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Increase awareness of attitudes about dying and death with a view towards living the best life possible. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah. 914.232.3508. National info:

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sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119. Teen Yoga, Meditation and Empowerment Class – 1-2:30pm. With Elisha Simpson of Crossover Yoga Project. Children ages 12-18 learn mindful techniques to help lower stress and more. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, Ste 2H, Peekskill. Info/ cost: 914.319.4010..

monday Healing Qigong – 8-9am. With Certified Instructor

Dr. Kurt Beil. Ancient, gentle techniques of coordinated movement, breath and intention to build energy and more. Class-card or $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9:30am. For those familiar yoga, power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for indepth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: Christine Dodge 845.494.8118; Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot: Edit 917.721.2529; Mindful is the New Skinny-Mindfulness and Meditation Bootcamp – 1-2:30pm. With Jodi Baretz, psychotherapist and holistic health coach. $375. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Flr, Mt Kisco. 917.974.9446. Info: Women’s Healing Circle – 7-9 pm. Chanting, meditation, sharing and channeling the saints, angels, stars and ancestors by Eileen O’Hare. $20. The Healing House, 11 N Cedar St, Beacon. Info: All Levels Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Christine Tergis. Focus on alignment, sensations, mindfulness and breath. Variations for needs and ability. $20 dropin or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

tuesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa, RYT 500. All levels. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini, RYT 500. Gentle level. Using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Meditative energy healing movement fused with ballet, floor barre and world dance. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. Still Mind Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Yang Style Tai Chi for health and self-defense. $25/2 weeks. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Integral Gentle Yoga with Matt – 7:15-8:15pm. Beginners welcome. A relaxing class. $10/ 2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. All levels. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. Singing bowls included. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot: Edit 917.721.2529; Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full authenticbeing and nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Road Bedford. 914.218.3113. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Gentle Vinaya and Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:45pm. With Deirdre Breen. Reduce anxiety, lift depression, ease pain and improve sleep. $22 drop-in class. O2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Info/register: 914.763.6320. Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. With Deirdre Breen. Following a gentle yoga practice to release muscular and mental tension and improve emotional balance. O2 Living Wellness Center, 792 Rte 35 Cross River. Deirdre: 914.486.6480.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020. Yogalates – 9:15-10:30am. With Marianne. Combines yoga and Pilates exercises to strengthen core. Includes brief meditation and Savasana. All levels. $20 drop-in or purchase class pkg. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pilates Mat class with Magic Circle – 11:3012:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist Tina Sferra. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance at Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Healing Qigong – 12:30-1:30pm. With Certified Instructor Dr. Kurt Beil. Ancient, gentle techniques of coordinated movement, breath and intention to build energy and more. Class-card or $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Qi Gong Classes at Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House – 6-7:15pm. $15 drop-in. 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie. Class packages available, Lorraine: 845.416.4598. Info: Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30 pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan, RYT 500. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Info:

friday Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full authentic-being and nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Road Bedford. 914.218.3113. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy at Zen Garden. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Reserve a spot: Edit 917.721.2529; Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini, RYT 500. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. Drop-in $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

February 2017

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell

Move Ahead

Take action on February 1 and be prepared to follow through. Focus and commitment the morning of February 2 pays off. Meetings with food on February 3 satisfy the tummy and enhance communication. Staying with the conversation and problem solving on February 4 help connect the dots. Take nothing at face value February 5; more time is required at a future date. Information revealed on February 6 deserves further study.

No Stops

Listen with care on February 7 because emotions explode.�������������������� ������������������� Surprises on February 8 upset or stimulate. Clear the playing field on February 9 when opportunities pop and push your targeted goals. The Leo full moon is a lunar eclipse on February 10; this ramps up the success possibilities for those who have prepared and perfected expertise. Illplanned agendas unravel on February 11 but allow for industrious corrections. Tremendous healing energy augments therapeutic work on February 12.  

Love Thyself

Organize, plan and declutter on February 13. Give yourself a treat on Valentine’s Day—get a massage, have tea with a friend or amble through a museum. Don’t be thrown on February 15; adjustments lead to a positive outcome. Glean revelations through thoughtful discussion and research on February 16. Even uncomfortable conversations on February 17 bring deep knowledge.

On February 18, a long walk outdoors benefits every part of you.


A restorative morning on February 19 quiets confusion. Activities and productivity benefit when exuberance lights up February 20. A critical eye on February 21 enhances detail work but limits imagination. On February 22, guard against any reactions caused by overwhelm. A fresh start and a clear head on February 23 clarify priorities.

Emotional Dexterity

Connect to old and new friends on February 24. The power of networking is strong when you are involved in the process. On February 25, recognize whom you value. When you vet the people who are part of your “heart network,” as opposed to another “friend” or “follower,” you build your tribe. The Pisces new moon on February 26 is also a solar eclipse. The ideal is that the people you connect with after the eclipse, whether for business, friendship or community, are people who share your love. Any events or exchanges on February 27 provide the foundation for a new beginning. On February 28, you find that it may not be what you thought, but it is what you asked for. Pamela Cucinell writes in-depth forecasts at and offers private sessions and on-line subscriptions. Contact her at Pamela@InsightOasis. com or 917.796.6026. See ad page 48.

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saturday Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month, 20 word minimum. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY ATTENTION: Moms, teachers, fitness trainers, health enthusiasts! Looking for health oriented partner, who wants extra income. Work from your own location. Personalized training and support! Contact: Kathy Tafur, Independent Shaklee Distributor, 914.714.2253.

Mindful Slow Flow – 9:30-10:45pm. With Reyna. A mindful slow-flow class that focuses on alignment within the flows ending with restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

COLONIC BUSINESS FOR SALE – Turnkey. Have been in business for 24 years. Lots of regular clientele. It’s time to move on. Please send all inquiries to

Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket.


Joyful Mindful Yoga – 11:15am-12:30pm. With Ann, RYT 500. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492.

Be kind to one another. ~Ellen DeGeneres

INSPIRING ASTROLOGY TEACHING CIRCLE for 20 somethings. Prepare yourself for a successful Saturn Return. Your gifts are needed. Rosendale location. By donation. Call 914.486.0606.

FOR RENT CROTON: 1 or 2 rooms (with sinks) in lovely, homey, peaceful office available 3 days weekly. Includes use of office space, waiting room, bathroom, massage tables. Referral possibilities. View photos on Facebook, Eastmountainacupuncture PLLC. Call 914.271.3684. MOUNT KISCO PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE available with shared waiting area, in town, near shopping, restaurants, parking and train. Rents include A/C, heating, wifi and 24/7 access. Join other health/healing professionals and other small businesses in this beautifully maintained building with great visibility. Call Barry for availability at 914.760.8510 or Mike at 914.907.7867.

HELP WANTED HEALTH CENTER RECEPTIONIST/ADMIN ASSISTANT PT/FT - NuSpecies is a natural health company helping clients rebuild from disease conditions. Provides all front end client services. Email resume and cover letter to jillian@nuspecies. com or call 845.440.7458. J O I N T H E N AT U R A L AWA K E N I N G S STREET TEAM – Are you a wellness practitioner or own a healthy lifestyle business and have some extra time each month? We are seeking re-stocking angels to help us in the Rye/Portchester area as well as in the Hartsdale/White Plains and surrounding areas. And in return we will help promote your growing business. Be part of our street team. Must have own transportation. For more information e-mail us and please be sure to let us know where you are located and what kind of business you have. Please send to Thank you!


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NURSE OR NURSE PRACTITIONER - NuSpecies Health Consultant PT/FT - Provide client health management at NuSpecies to those with disease conditions seeking rebuilding their health naturally. Manage client’s NuSpecies regimen, medication, medical treatments and analyze blood work. Email resume and cover letter to jillian@ or call 845.440.7458. NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. VIBRANT SALES PERSON DESIRED – Natural Awakenings of Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess is seeking a self-motivated experienced sales person who enjoys a healthy lifestyle. This commissionbased position offers flexibility and opportunity to create abundance. The right person will have their own car, computer and phone. Please e-mail if interested.

PET ADOPTION SPCA OF WESTCHESTER – Open 7 Days a Week: Mon-Sat 10-4 & Sun 1-4. No appointment necessary. Come find a new best friend. 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

RETREAT YOUR RETREAT. OUR PLACE. Wainwright House is an idyllic site, set on 5 acres with magnificent water views. For info call 914.967.6080 or visit

SERVICES RELAX & CLEANSE – through Ionic Detox Footbath. Certified Practitioner Betty Prinsen, MA. Carmel and Patterson locations, in-home service. 917.941.4767 or for appointment. MAN WITH TRUCK AND TRAILER: Perfect for small moves or pickups and delivery. Servicing Northern Westchester and Putnam-Mahopac/Carmel areas. Call Guy: 914.248.4810.

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ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 16.



25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589; Offering Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Aromatherapy. Activate your body’s own healing potential with highly targeted treatments. Specializing in fertility and women’s health, acute and chronic pain, and acute and chronic health issues, including auto-immune disorders.

ADD/ADHD COACH SUSAN LASKY MA, BCC, SCAC Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit.


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED, Biofeedback Therapy and Reiki to achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 11.

KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

The Alexander Technique is a practical educational method for un-learning habits of tension that may be causing you stress, pain compression of the spine and joints. Learn to move with ease.


Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love!

Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294; Willow Wisp Wellness is an expanding private practice that provides consciously crafted therapeutic and integrative massage and energy work sessions that support your body's innate healing process. All sessions are by appointment only. Check website for more info and events.

ADDICTION CESSATION THE WEISS INSTITUTE Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805


The Weiss Method helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 33.

The Synergy of Ancient Wellness + Modern Science 888.392.5242; FB/Twitter/ Instagram: @t3cSynergy

“Go Beyond” expectation and limitation with Beyond-theSpectrum Synergy Sprays™! CBD, an all-natural, NO side effect, NO THC “cannabinoid” from hemp + vibrationally high pure EO custom blends for us, our children and our planet.

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Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 48.


Astrology & Tarot Skype and in-person 213 840 1187 Choice lives between pre-destiny and free will. Know your stars, control your life. A reading designed to encourage, support and empower. Call now.



495 Central Park Ave, Suite 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177; A whole-person, holistic approach to vision care, for all ages. Specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation for vision problems which interfere with reading, learning, attention, performance and efficiency.


Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain your health. Supplements, Dietary recommendations and life style plan is suggested base on your body-type or constitution. See ad pg 14.

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and self-referrals welcome.


Provides traditional Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies which focuses on the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic practice which offers methods and treatments aimed at preventing disease and living a pain-free balanced life.


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PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.489.2378; Stray HELP is a registered not-for-profit organization, managed entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue and care for stray and homeless animals, namely cats, while providing humane education to the community. We work with property owners to conduct trap/neuter/return and with pet owners to make spay/neuter affordable. In 2015, we facilitated the spay/neuter, and medical care where needed, for over 850 cats. Help us reach 1000 in 2016!

CHIROPRACTIC DR. LEIGH DAMKOHLER, CCSP, LMT 8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947

PERSONALIZED treatments designed for YOU by Westchester’s only dually licensed practicing Sports Chiropractor and Massage Therapist. Receive a unique combination of muscle work and adjustments not provided elsewhere. Dr. Leigh can help you move and feel better. Get back to the life you love!


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 29.


Santhigram Wellness 446 5th Ave. Pelham, NY 10803 914.250.1417




6 Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rt. 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC 646.670.6725;


INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 43.


483 Cherry St., Bedford Hills NY Open: M-Sat. 10-6pm 914.241.1010; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 37.

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DR. MARIANNE MESSINA, DC 2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic a n d c r a n i o s a c r a l t h e r a p y. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.


Coaching, Energy Healing, Organizing Services Peekskill, NY 914.473.1032; Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves. During her healing sessions, Tina channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit.


Coaching, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219; Mary Ellen O’Brien uses a combination of her intuitive and coaching skills to help individuals change limiting beliefs and awaken their true essence. Her clients experience more joy, fulfillment and balance in their lives.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 51 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536 914.263.7080;  Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone. See ad pg 16.

COMPOUNDING PHARMACY LAKE MAHOPAC PHARMACY/ SURGICAL Nagi Wissa, R.Ph., IP, CEO 559 Rt, 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 T: 845.208.0424; F: 845.208.0425

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 17.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?   Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 41.

NORDIC CRYOTHERAPY 31 Mill Road, Eastchester, NY 914.775.9596

We s t c h e s t e r County’s first and only Cryotherapy Wellness Center. A new approach towards pain management, performance enhancement and aesthetic struggles. We can help you achieve your wellness goals. Cool air stimulates your body and molecules begin the healing and repair process.


Experience Dentistry in a Whole New Way Clinical Excellence in a Calming Environment 914.713.2424 At Scarsdale Dental Spa we combine clinical excellence with comforting treatment. From the moment you enter you'll be made to feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable. Kids and Adults love going to the Dentist again! See ad pg 10.



Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

Sarah F. B. Kent, R.N., N.P. Katonah & NYC By Appointment: 914.462.7633

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 43.


Frustrated, Depressed, Overeating, Insomnia, Anxious, Job-Less? Learn strategies to maximize your potential. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, I offer integrative therapies. I work with individuals of all ages and families. See ad pg 17.



914.921.LIFE (5433) Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.



Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138; Craniosacral therapy with Somato Emotional Release allows chronic physical, emotional and spiritual issues to be intimately explored, bringing relief from pain and activating a healing process which continues after the session is over.


Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908; We clear your Skin naturally, by correcting the underlying digestive and inflammatory issues using nutrition, supplements, and energetic techniques, for diagnosis and treatment. Caring Board Certified Dermatologist and World pioneer in Holistic Dermatology. 

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DETOXIFICATION HOLISTIC WELLNESS ALTERNATIVES Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.1155;

Start each day feeling energized and vibrant! Our gentle, fullysupported 21 day program leaves you feeling cleansed inside and out without going hungry. Jump start your body to living a healthier, more active life! See ad pg 15.


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767 Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Affordable detox packages.  Carmel and Patterson locations, in-home service. 


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 48.


Abundance Coach, Level EFT-2 Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 914.330.5328; Learn to choose what works for you now! Healing methods to raise your vibration. By Appointment; In-Person, SKYPE & Phone. Se habla español.


Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony Do you have unsolved health issues? Selling your home? Is your business not attracting customers? Dowsing can help solve these issues. Call for more information and receive a free energy reading.

ANNE H. BENTZEN, MSOT, RMT, JRP Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki; Energetic Counseling, OT Armonk & Eastchester Offices 914.588.4079;

Energetic healing complements medical care. Experience relief from stress, trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, grief and more. Restore energy flow, improve immunity and balance all 7 major chakra systems. Monthly healing circles; Reiki certificate classes.


Steven Gottlieb Personal Empowerment Coach 25 Franklin Ave #4B White Plains, NY 914.997.7873; Create more Emotional Freedom in your life. Learn EFT, a powerful yet simple to use self healing technique to help you resolve virtually any important life issue. On-going groups meet regularly. Private Empowerment Sessions available.


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Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 43.

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FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST DR. KRISTY M. VANACORE, PSY.D. 334 Underhill Avenue, Building 3, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

An experienced and caring Psychologist devoted to child, teen, & family wellness utilizing an integrative approach to testing, advocacy, therapy, and parent coaching. Individuals become confident, strong, prepared for life’s challenges, and resilient enough to soar.


Heather Novak, M.S., WHE Education and Fertility Transformation Coaching in Westchester County, NY 914.420.3674; Are you determined to get pregnant and give your baby the healthiest start possible in life? At Whole Health Fertility we look deeply into the Five Aspects of Whole Health (Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual) to uncover and transform fertility blockages and make sure you are as healthy as possible for your future baby.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care.



Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications.Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience.

HAIR SALON FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS Hair care, Skincare & Make up 190 Rt 117 By Pass, Bedford, NY 914.242.1928;

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 39.


175 King St., Chappaqua NY 914.861.2105; 239.289.3744 A soul-based group of practitioners offering bio-energy medicine for body, mind and spirit. Including classes, private appointments, kids programs and wellness experiences for planetary healing.

HYGEIA INTEGRATED HEALTH, LLC 3505 Hill Blvd, Suite K Yorktown Heights, NY 914.352.6116;

Putting wellness back into healthcare with a specialized focus on emotional health and wellness. Our team of professionals offers acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, nutritional counseling, parent coaching, psychotherapy, and psychiatry to help support clients on a customized path to wellness.

NATURAL CARE OF WESTCHESTER 20 North Ave 2nd Flr Larchmont, NY 10538 Dr. Marizelle J. Arce


A boutique naturopathic wellness center that focuses on customized visits. Offering Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, facial acupuncture, Infrared sauna, Acoustic cardiograms, Regulation Thermography, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Reiki, and pain management.

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 7.


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor, Hypnotherapist Founder 453 White Plains Rd. #201, Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, craniosacral, massage, intuitive healing, yoga, and guided meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 21.

THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.0462

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings.



Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769 Health coaching, with an integrative approach for corporations and families. Supportive, personalized and interactive wellness programs. Offering corporate lunch sessions and webinars increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism. Wanda educates you on your favorite health topics and more.


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 L o r r a i n e o ff e r s I n d i v i d u a l Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique� individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care.

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Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 41.


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 21 & 45.


Rosemary Serluca Foster Certified Energy Healing Facilitator 212.989.2033; Rosemary offers interactive, dynamic healing sessions. She lays hands and intuits information suppressed in your body to alleviate emotional and physical issues. This deep, energy work will spark your intuition so you become your own healer. Nyack, NYC and phone.See ad pg 16.


Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook + Online Studio/Sanctuary 845-677-3517; White Lotus Grace specializes in intuitive healing for body, mind, soul, and relationships through organic transformative movement and dance. Gigi Oppenheimer – intuitive healer, dancer, and coach – offers compassionate service one-on-one, to couples, and classes, online or in person.

JOAN CARRA, PSYCHIC MEDIUM Practitioner; Wainwright House 203.531.6387;

Understand blocks in your life or re-connect with loved ones that have passed. Joan can guide you with gentle intuitive advice; card reading, numerology, palmistry and after life communications. She has 20 years of experience and is available via telephone or in person.


Our Landscape Artists take ideas, concepts and feelings from your heads, put them in a design that makes you feel like you created it. Design in Winter - Build in Spring.

LIFE COACH LEAH WILSON WATTS Master Life Coach 718.812.5166

Do you ever imagine living the life of your dreams? Are you at a standstill? The best way to allow yourself to blossom is to become the master of your own destiny! Schedule a consultation today.


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Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studios in Riverdale and Mamaroneck; onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 38.


Westchester & NYC 914.494.7468; Traveling massage service for everyone from stay-at-home moms to CrossFit athletes. Promotes healing, stress reduction and recovery of muscle injury. Specialties: sports massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. $20 dollars off first in-home massage for new clients.




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777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 44 & back cover.


Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized.


MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 48.


272 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 914.241.7363;


Naturopathic Clinic 6 Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rt. 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC 646.670.6725; Combination of Naturopathy and Ayurveda is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain your health. Supplements, Dietary recommendations and life style plan is suggested base on your body-type or constitution. See ad pg 14.

Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315;

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 16.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually.

Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED, Biofeedback Therapy and Reiki to achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 11.



777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582


Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.

334 Underhill Avenue, 3C Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

Empowered Parent Coaching: A journey towards rediscovering your intuition and power as a joyful peaceful parent. Take control of your life and your home. For parents of tots to teens In-person, phone, and Skype options available. 




Join us for a transformative experience as you develop your intuitive and scientific abilities to heal through therapeutic touch. Classes taught to auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. Financial aid available for full and part-time programs. See ad pg 15.



Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD* 86 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 914.242.8844; Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD*, Board Certified Nutritionist, aka The Blood Detective, works in close partnership with you to develop your natural healing plan. Starting with a personalized review of your health goals and concerns. A metabolic map and testing your body holistically, then interpreting the findings - The Blood Detective Way! (*unlicensed)  See ad pg 5.

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 13.


Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results.

OLD POST PHYSICAL THERAPY 43 Old Post Road South Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.2426;

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Private Physical Therapy focusing on the individual needs of each client and utilizing various manual therapy techniques to restore homeostasis in the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. We also provide 1-on-1 Personal Training and Yoga. $20 discount for new clients.

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241 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 914.630.4594;


Mindful is the New Skinny The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446;

Private and semi-private classes offered on Pilates machines. Everyone’s welcome in our Pilates and Yoga classes regardless of flexibility or strength. Intimate and challenging atmosphere. Try an Extra Gentle Yoga class or a Pilates Mat class. Get your glow on! See ad pg 53.

Mindfulness and holistic health based psychotherapy helping women decrease stress, improve relationships, become less reactive and lose weight without restrictive dieting. Mindful is the New Skinny transformational program is designed to help you lighten up inside and out. Individual, groups, skype.



274 White Plains Road, Suite 7 Eastchester, New York, 10709 914.361.1399

We are a boutique Stott Pilates studio, offering a personalized, integrated approach to Pilates and yoga. Classes are small and customized. We offer privates, small reformer/ tower classes, yoga, workshops, yoga for kids and more. Ask about our new client orientation special.


Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880; Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 41.


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Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Integrative psychotherapy: depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and more. Dr. Edwards is a NY lic. psychotherapist with 40 years of experience compassionately working with adults to realize their goals. Meditation and mindfulness training are also offered.



Yoni Hormadaly, LMT 109 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield, CT 203.550.6888 Yo n i h a s b e e n p r a c t i c i n g Structural Integration since 2002. Specializing in improving the relationship between the human body and gravity. Flat feet, chronic pain and discomfort, improvement in athletic pursuits, general selfimprovement, are some of the reasons clients of all ages have sought out this work. Free phone consultation.


An Organized Reference Guide to Caring for a Loved One at Home 914.713.5354 When an elderly loved one requires special care within the home, caregivers face overwhelming challenges with no idea who to turn to for answers. Joyce Greene shares concise, step-by-step guidance to help you through.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Foot and/or Hand Reflexology sessions are offered with the use of Essential Oils applied to acupuncture points based upon each individual’s presenting pattern.  Please refer to Services page on web site for the many benefits of this ancient modality.

SLEEP DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 7.




2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well. See ad pg 53.

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GANESHA SPA Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

Find your beauty in Ganesha Spa where traditional spa modalities are combined with procedures such as Microblading (3D Brows)   and Microneedling,  as well as Ayurvedic Treatments, Energy work, Anti-Aging skin care and Meditations. Complete true Spa experience with IR Sauna and a Steam Room!


Joan Forlow, NYS License 3021 Route 9, Cold Spring NY 845.559.3326; Feel lighter and look brighter from a healing facial with a Dermalogica Expert. Enter into a spa like environment where the technology of skincare meets the art of well-being. Relax-ReleaseRenew. Blissful!


Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY


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DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 7.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111

Join a unique Interfaith Sunday on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am. Enjoy chanting, prayer, movement and sharing, plus inspiring guest speakers. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah at

Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 29.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402, 800.532.4290 Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services including individual peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums. Counselors are cancer survivors.

THERMOGRAPHY PATRICIA BOWDEN-LUCCARDI LMT, CTT, CNMT Certified Thermographic Technician Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

Prevention is the Cure. RadiationFree Breast and Full Body medical thermal imaging available in Westchester & Dutchess County. By appointment. Offices in Mount Kisco, White Plains and Poughkeepsie. See ad pg 44.


Mindful is the New Skinny The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Mindfulness and holistic health based psychotherapy helping women decrease stress, improve relationships, become less reactive and lose weight without restrictive dieting. Mindful is the New Skinny transformational program is designed to help you lighten up inside and out. Individual, groups, skype.


Shaklee Independent Distributor 914.714.2253 Weight loss that lasts, starts with the right food and the right tools. Shaklee 180 can help you achieve a leaner, healthier you! Learn more with the 7 Biggest Secrets and get a Free e-book:



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Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success.See ads pgs 21 & 45.


Certified Yoga Instructor Reiki Master/Teacher Northern Westchester 914.522.1297; Karen integrates different teaching styles based on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of each individual person. Private & Group Sessions. All Ages: Beginners to Advanced. “Energy is Limitless, Optimum Health is Timeless.”


DETOXING & JUICING SECTION Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for Addressing Dietary Concerns & Natural Vision Care


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. See ad pg 33.


20 North Salem Rd, Cross River, NY 914.763.8000 When there is an interference, the body loses its ability to heal. Our goal is to unlock the healing potential within you through holistic approaches, wellness chiropractic and network spinal analysis, massage therapy, integrative nutrition, transformational coaching and reiki healing. Call today for a complimentary wellness consultation.


located at South Presbyterian Church 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Offering contemplative, Kripalu style yoga, focusing on compassionate self-observation. Warm, welcoming to all, spacious and Sacred. Also offering: weekly Yogalates, monthly Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Reiki Circles; Kirtan Chanting and Sound Bath Healing special events.  


112 W. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck NY 914.618.4887; We are a classic yoga studio infused with the most fundamental forms of yoga. We uphold the authentic practice of this beautiful art form while respecting its ancient roots. Our classes nurture genuine internal inspiration through an integrated mind-body-breath experience. See ad 53.


501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113;

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Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 41.

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Saw Mill Club,77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco Michelle Briks, Programs Coordinator 914.752.1872 S M C O h r a Yo g a T T program offers Yoga Alliance accredited E-RYT 200 & 300 Hour Programs to Empower Yourself and Inspire Others! Their proven training methods are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced. The trainings are led by Michelle Briks, 500 E-RYT, Ayurvedic specialist and accredited Nutritionist.  See ad 50.

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natural awakenings

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